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April 2014

Tuesday, April 1

Opening of Blue Springs, Jacomo and Longview Campgrounds

CampgroundsLocations: Blue Springs Campground - Fleming Park, Jacomo Campground - Fleming Park, Longview Campground - Longview Lake Park
Time: Fee booth opens at 8:00 a.m.
Price: Varies by site
Phone: (816) 503-4805

Register Online

Jackson County offers three pristine campgrounds, each offering a unique and different camping experience, just minutes from the heart of Kansas City. Advance reservations are recommended. The Longview Campground is open through September 30. The Blue Springs and Jacomo Campgrounds remain open through October 31.


Saturday, April 5

Blue Rive RescueProject Blue River Rescue
– Clean Up The River!

Location: Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri 64132
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
   Sign in from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Phone: (816) 513-8960
Email: folnc@crn.org or bthomes@jacksongov.org

Help preserve our environment! Be part of Missouri’s biggest one-day clean-up event when you join us to clean-up the Blue River!


Saturday, April 26

ToursHistoric Sibley Cemetery Tours

Location: Fort Osage Education Center, Sibley
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Explore Jackson County’s oldest cemetery, and learn about some of its famous internments, from our knowledgeable curator. The symbolism behind some of the historic gravestones will also be shared during the guided tour.


Saturday, April 26

Winding the Clock on Independence Square:
Jackson County’s Historic Truman Courthouse 1933-2013

Lecture and book signing by DAVID JACKSON, archivist for the JCHS 

Location: HISTORIC JACKSON COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 221 W. Lexington, Independence, MO  64050
Time:       1:00 PM  Lecture and Book Signing

                2:15 PM  Building & Art Gallery Tour (optional
Price:       Admission is free. Limited Seating.  Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Phone:     (816) 503-4860
Email:     
djackson@jchs.org 
                                                                             

                                        

May 2014

Kids Fishing DerbySaturday, May 3

33rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby

Location: Lake Jacomo
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
Price: No Charge.
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: kemper@jacksongov.org

Kids ages 2 to 15 show off their angling skills at this fun-filled family event that includes casting clinics, fishing demonstrations and prizes! Get info on Kids’ Fishing Derby!


Saturday, May 3

Sheep ShearingSheep Shearing

Location: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park 
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Artisans will demonstrate the entire process of making wool from the shearing of the flock and washing of the fleece to carding, spinning, dyeing and weaving. Handcrafted fiber pieces are available for purchase.


Saturday, May 3

ArrowheadsArtifact Identification Day

Location: Fort Osage Education Center, Sibley
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Have you ever wondered about the history of old arrowheads and other artifacts you might have collected? Professional archaeologists will inspect your treasures and tell you their approximate age and by whom they were crafted.


Saturday, May 10

Spring Nature Walks

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Learn about the flora and fauna surrounding Fort Osage and enjoy a guided hike along the Banks of the Missouri River. Special attention will be given to local species found during the Lewis & Clark Expedition of1804-1806.


Sunday, May 18

SoftballSummer Softball Leagues

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475-$825/Team - Frank White Jr. $750/Team - 140th & Holmes
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Register Online

There’s nothing better than rounding the bases to heat up your summer! Men’s, Church and Coed Divisions are available. Register online before May 9.


Sunday, May 18

KC TriathlonKC Triathlon at Longview Beach

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Time: 7:00 a.m. Pre-Registration Required
Price: TBA

Visit kansascitytriathlon.com for race information.

When it comes to Triathlons, the Kansas City Triathlon is one of the best and largest in the area.  This is a destination event that caters to the participating athletes, families and friends, like no other event in the Kansas City metro area. Novice and elite tri-athletes alike, will want to include the Kansas City Triathlon in their 2014 schedule.


May 24 - September 1

BeachesBeach Season

Location: Longview Lake Beach and Blue Springs Lake Beach
Times:
WEEKDAY HOURS:
      May 27 – June 6: 3 - 7 p.m.
      June 9 - August 8: 1 - 7 p.m.
      August 11 – August 15: 3 - 7 p.m.
      August 18 – September 1: Open Weekends Only
WEEKEND AND HOLIDAY HOURS
      11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Longview Beach will be closed Sunday, August 17 for the Jackson County Triathlon
Price: Adults $5, Children/Seniors $3 - Family Passes Available.
Phone: (816) 503-4876

Splash into summer at two of Jackson County's most popular swimming beaches. Both offer sandy beaches, certified lifeguards, restroom and shower facilities.

June 2014

Monday, June 2

Camper Shooting ArrowJacomo Day Camp

Location: Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Monday-Friday. Extended hours: 6:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Price: Fee scalePre-registration required
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: Kemper@jacksongov.org

Now in its 37th year, the Jacomo Day Camp is the perfect place for children to make new friends, build outdoor skills and have FUN! Ten separate one-week camp sessions, run weekly through August 8.  Each session offers unique outdoor-themed activities for children 6-13 years! > MORE 


Saturday, June 7

Children's Day & National Trails Day

Children's DayLocation: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Kids will get a glimpse into simpler times through the time-honored games of yesteryear… tug-of-war, marbles and gunny sack races! A special exhibit exploring Jackson County’s ever-expanding trail system is also included.


Saturday, June 7

Flag Day

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Special presentations at 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Learn about proper flag etiquette and explore a display of flags representing different periods of American history. Our knowledgeable staff will answer questions and provide valuable historic information about our nation’s enduring symbol.


Friday, June 13

Sand Cinema NEW!

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Featured Movie:  Walt Disney's FROZEN
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

This is family fun at its best! Load the kids in the car and head to the movies on the big screen at Longview Lake Beach! Win prizes from our friends at KCMO 94.9! Revisit this page later when we'll post the name of this week's featured film.


Saturday, June 14

Marina DayNational Marina Day

Location: Lake Jacomo
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Price: Free
Phone: (816) 795-8888

Bass Pro Shops and Jackson County Parks + Rec team up for the 4th Annual National Marina Day Celebration at Lake Jacomo Marina! This free event is jam-packed with fun activities for the entire family; including boat rides, fishing seminars, children’s games, raffle prizes, crafts, contests, and more.


Monday, June 16 through Saturday, June 20

Project Archaeology
Teaching Archaelology through the Common Core workshop for Teachers, Interpreters & Museum Docents

Location: Fort Osage Education Center
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:0 p.m. Each Day
Price: $45.00
          $30.00 for full-time students 
Phone: (816) 650-3452 x3 
Email: jpeterson@jacksongov.org

Jackson County Parks + Rec, the Truman Library, and the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum invite you to take an exciting trip back in time! Practice the basics of scientific inquiry using archaeological data.  Learn how archaeologists investigate and interpret past cultures and peoples. Finally, learn how to incorporate all of this into your classrooms or other settings. Archaeology is an excellent tool for engaging youth in science education. CLICK HERE for more information. 

 


 

Friday, June 27 through Saturday, June 28

Horse ShowLongview Charity Horse Show

Location: Longview Horse Park, 12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri
Time: Friday Evening through Saturday Evening
Price: Adults $3.00Children Under 12 Free
Phone: Marjorie Bain at (913) 681-2397
Email: marjoriebain@sbcglobal.net

saddleupinc.com 

This is the Midwest’s premiere horse show featuring American Saddlebred, Arabian, Morgan and Hackney breeds from more than seven states, including Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma. 


Friday, June 27

Sand Cinema NEW!

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Featured Movie: Walt Disney's FINDING NEMO
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

This is family fun at its best! Load the kids in the car and head to the movies on the big screen at Longview Lake Beach! Win prizes from our friends at KCMO 94.9Revisit this page later when we'll post the name of this week's featured film.

July 2014

Friday, July 4

THE BIG BANG!
Jackson County’s 4th of July Celebration

Location: Longview Lake Shelter #13
Time:  Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
           FREE Concert at 6:30 p.m.
           Fireworks about 9:30 p.m
Price:  Admission is FREE! Games & Concessions are available for purchase.
Phone:   816-503-4800
Email:    parksrec@jacksongov.org

Celebrate your Fourth of July with “The Big Bang” – the largest and most colorful fireworks finale in the Midwest!  Longview Lake’s Shelter #13 is the site for this year’s spectacular.  Enjoy sweeping water views, sky divers, a kid’s carnival with games and inflatables, military tribute, 106.5 The Wolf Live Broadcast and a FREE CONCERT with rising country stars Backroad Anthem. No outside coolers, pets or fireworks!  

Directions: I 470 East to Raytown Road, then south about two miles. Follow the signs to Shelter 13.


Friday, July 4

Missouri Town 1855 Independence DayIndependence Day

Location: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 Free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Experience Independence Day 1850’s style at our historic antebellum Missouri village. This 1850’s celebration provides the perfect setting for a fun-filled day of activities. Highlight your day when you join in our July Fourth Parade along the village streets!


Friday, July 4

Fort Osage Independence DayIndependence Day

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Celebrate the anniversary of American Independence at Fort Osage. Interpretive demonstrations highlighting life on the early 19th Century frontier to include musket and cannon demonstrations, and patriotic speeches, make this a perfect place to celebrate our country’s Independence! 


Friday, July 11 

Sand Cinema NEW!

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Featured Movie: SURF'S UP
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

This is family fun at its best! Load the kids in the car and head to the movies on the big screen at Longview Lake Beach! Win prizes from our friends at KCMO 94.9Revisit this page later when we'll post the name of this week's featured film.

Friday, July 25

Sand Cinema NEW!

Location: Longview Lake Beach
Featured Movie:  DESPICABLE ME 2
Time: 9:00 p.m. 
Price: $5 per car
Phone: (816) 503-4800 
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org 

This is family fun at its best! Load the kids in the car and head to the movies on the big screen at Longview Lake Beach! Win prizes from our friends at KCMO 94.9Revisit this page later when we'll post the name of this week's featured film.

August 2014

Saturday, August 9

Summer Nature Walks

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Summer’s flora and fauna will be emphasized as our naturalist takes visitors on a guided tour along the banks of the Missouri River highlighting both indigenous and invasive species. Hiking shoes, camera and insect repellant will be the perfect companions for this unique offering!


Saturday, August 16

Archaeology Day:  “Digging the Past”

Location: Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, Sibley
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Time: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Professional archaeologists will present an overview of over 60 years of investigations which have enabled historians to establish both the historic and pre-historic history of this nationally recognized historic site. With ongoing surveys, the Fort is still revealing its secrets!


Sunday, August 17

competitor on bikeJackson County Triathlon

Location: Longview Lake Beach 

The Jackson County Triathlon makes its annual run to Longview Lake as one of the largest triathlons in the area.  This popular event typically brings more than 600 triathletes and duathletes from all skill levels, year after year. Visit jacksoncountytriathlon.com for race and entry information.

 


Saturday, August 23  

Longview Horse Park Association
14th Anniversary Benefit Horse Show

Horse ShowLocation: Longview Horse Park, 12600 Old Raytown Road, Kansas City, MO
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $3.00Children Under 12 Free
Phone: (816) 537-6855 

longviewhorsepark.com 

This fun-filled and most entertaining evening is open to all horse enthusiasts. Thirty-two classes with horses of all breeds will be represented. The event will include several concessionaires and vendors.

September 2014

Tuesday, September 2

Fall Softball Leagues

Location: Frank White and 140th & Holmes Softball Complexes
Time: Varies
Price: $475/Team - Frank White Jr.$440/Team - 140th & Holmes
Phone: (816) 503-4878

Register Online

Get your team into the action by joining a Jackson County Parks + Rec Fall Softball League.  Play is offered at all levels of competition in Men’s and Coed Divisions.  JCP+R Fall Softball Leagues are played Sundays through Thursday nights at two of the finest ballparks in the area. Sign-up today, the registration deadline is August 22.


Saturday, September 27

ChezGrand Festival of Chez lez Canses

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Fee: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00 
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Explore how early French settlers lived at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers in the late 1700s. Re-enactors will interpret everyday life skills common on the frontier. Artisans will display custom made objects, both decorative and utilitarian, which were essential to these early settlers.

October 2014

Saturday, October 4 - Sunday, October 5

39th Annual Missouri Town 1855 Festival of Arts, Crafts and Music

Fall FestivalLocation: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Time:
Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: $9.00 per car/van$20.00 per school/commercial bus
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

Celebrate the arrival of fall at Missouri Town 1855!  Enjoy 1850’s music and dance, horse drawn buggy rides, hot-spiced cider, children’s games, period arts and crafts, and fun-filled hay rides. Now in its 39th year, the Missouri Town 1855 Fall Festival is one of our region’s longest running consecutive festivals!  Please, no pets.


Saturday, October 18  

Pumpkins on Parade

Location: Cave Springs – 8701 Gregory
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission
Phone: (816) 547-9679
Email: a.maddox@sbcglobal.net 

You’ll feel fall in the air as you stroll along trails aglow with hundreds of carved, lighted pumpkins at Cave Springs Park. There will be lots of fun-filled activities for the kids and food vendors will be on site.


Sunday, October 19

Dog Jumping Through HoopDogtober Fest 2014

Location: Kemper Outdoor Education Center, Fleming Park
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free admission with a donation of dog food for local animal shelters
Phone: (816) 229-8980
Email: Dogtoberfest@jacksongov.org 

This is the perfect afternoon for dog lovers and their humans. Event highlights include the Halloween Costume Contest, Agility Fun Run, Dock Diving, Frisbee Competition, Obedience Obstacle Courses, Dog/Owner Look-Alike Contest, and the Blessing of the Animals. In lieu of an admission fee, dog food donations will be accepted and given to local animal shelters! 

CLICK HERE for more details.


Friday, October 24 - Saturday, October 25

Spirits From The PastSpirits From the Past

Location: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park  
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $9.00 per personAdvance Reservations only.
Phone:
(816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

As darkness envelops Missouri Town, the village comes alive with goblins, ghosts and other spooky creatures. Visitors will encounter a variety of unworldly sights and sounds at this fun-filled family oriented Halloween event. Complimentary hot cider and a special appearance by Edgar Allen Poe are but a prelude to the haunted hayride that concludes this night of surprises. Advance reservations required!


Saturday, October 25 - Sunday, October 26

Muster28th Annual Fall Muster

Location: Fort Osage, Sibley
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: Adults $7.00Youth $4.00Seniors $3.00
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: fortosage@jacksongov.org

Executed with historical accuracy, this annual re-enactment relives events surrounding the prelude to the War of 1812, as Fort Osage hears for the first time war has been declared with Britain. Musket and cannons are made ready, civilians are conscript, and both residents and soldiers stationed at this remote frontier outpost are on alert.  Visitors can literally feel the tension of the unknown and share the fear and excitement with our re-enactors as Fort Osage prepares for war!

November 2014

Wednesday, November 26

Christmas In The SkyChristmas In The Sky

Location: Longview Lake Beach, Longview Lake Park
Time: Gates open at 5:00 p.m.
Price: No charge
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

Jackson County Parks + Rec and 99.7 The Point kick-off your holiday season, and the opening of Christmas In The Park, with Christmas In The Sky.  This magical evening showcases holiday entertainment and an amazing fireworks display, synchronized to your favorite holiday music, and simulcast on 99.7 The Point. 

Directions to Christmas In The Sky: I 470 East to Raytown Road, then follow the signs south two miles to the Longview Lake Beach entrance.


November 26-December 31

Christmas In The ParkChristmas In The Park

Location: Longview Lake Campground - Longview Lake Park
Time:
Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Price: No charge. Donations for local charities accepted.
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

With 300,000 lights, 175 animated figures and splashes of Christmas color, the entire family will delight in the magic of this enchanting drive-thru winter wonderland… a gift from Jackson County to you! Avoid long lines when you visit Sunday through Thursday!

Directions to Christmas In The Park: I 470 East to View High Drive, then go about two miles south to 3rd Street. Follow the signs to Jackson County’s Christmas In The Park located at 3901 SW Longview Park Drive, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081. Click here to find the entrance on a map.

December 2014

Saturday, December 6

Trip the Lights Fantastic

Location: Longview Lake Campground - Longview Lake Park
Time:    Saturday, December 6th
            11:00 p.m. Check-In at Frank White Ballpark
            Sunday, December 7th 
            12:00 Midnight Welcome & Introductions
            12:15 a.m. The 4 Mile Midnight Bike Ride Begins
Price:  FREE to ride
Phone: (816) 503-4800
Email: parksrec@jacksongov.org

TRIP THE LIGHT FANTASTIC is a FREE EVENT for bicyclists to enjoy a four-mile Magical Midnight Ride through the hundreds of lighted, animated displays at Jackson County’s Christmas in the Park! Prizes will be awarded to the Best Holiday Decorated Bike and the Best Holiday Dressed Individual. Pre-Registration is required. 


Saturday, December 13

Missouri Town 1855 - A Christmas Celebration

Missouri Town ChristmasLocation: Missouri Town 1855, Fleming Park
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Price: Adults $5.00Youth 5-13 and Seniors $3.00Under 5 free
Phone: (816) 503-4860
Email: missouritown@jacksongov.org

The Christmas customs of English, German and French settlers are brought to life in this historic antebellum community. The smell of wood burning fireplaces, period music and authentic decorations, make this a “must attend” holiday experience.  A special visit and candy treat from “Belsnickle” will thrill children of all ages.

 
       
 

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